TIP 5: DON'T GIVE BULLYING AN AUDIENCE. AN ADVOCATE'S PERSPECTIVE
JULIE HERTZOG: Kids in elementary school, or middle and high school, when they see a bullying situation, it's really easy to want to play along with it, because it's much harder to intervene and it takes a lot of courage. And even doing the smallest action like maybe laughing when somebody says something inappropriate... but at a minimum, don't laugh. Don't support that. If you give that reaction, you're giving power to the situation. And what you want to do is you want to take away the power of the situation. And don't give and audience to it. Don't agree with it. Don't laugh at it.
DR. ELIZA BYARD: A bully's goal is to demonstrate that they're powerful by making someone else miserable and isolated. That only works if other people play along. Bullies only have power because the community gives them power. Bystanders who laugh, bystanders who do nothing, teachers who do nothing, give that bully power. So people who don't act to respond to the situation in a way that makes it better are part of the problem.